Winnipeg pauses landfill operations amid calls to search for remains of 2 women

Winnipeg pauses landfill operations amid calls to search for remains of 2 women

Winnipeg Mayor and Manitoba Premier met Thursday to begin search.

Winnipeg Mayor and Manitoba Premier

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson, left, and Winnipeg Mayor Scott Gillingham announced Thursday that Prairie Green Landfill, which is north of the city, will pause its operations with nothing new to be added to the site.

Operations at a landfill will be paused where police believe the remains of two women are located, Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson and Winnipeg Mayor Scott Gillingham said Thursday.

Stefanson said it’s unknown how long the operations at Prairie Green Landfill, will be on pause. Nothing new will come in to the landfill.

She believes this is a positive step for the affected families.

“I think it’s very important that for right now we take this pause and we get this right,” Stefanson said.

Police announced last week that 36-year-old Jeremy Skibicki, who was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Rebecca Contois in May, is now charged with the deaths of three more women.

Skibicki was charged last week with first-degree murder in the deaths of of Marcedes Myran, Morgan Harris and a third woman but police do not know her identity.

Police believe Myran’s and Harris’s remains are at the Prairie Green Landfill, but said it’s not feasible to search the dump.

Gillingham said it’s important that the Indigenous communities help inform next steps.

The mayor met with Diane Redsky – executive director of Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, an Indigenous family resource organization — and other Indigenous community leaders Thursday morning.

“We wanted to have and needed to have a conversation with him because we felt that more can be done, and our Indigenous women and girls have a right to safety and security,” she said.

Redsky says there are concerns that searching the landfill will turn up more human remains, which would only add to the heartache, but also give closure to more families beyond Myran’s and Harris’s.

“It’s a burial site.”

Coun. Markus Chambers (St. Norbert-Seine River), who is also the police board chair, agreed.

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